Tag - iriomote



The Iriomote cat, native to the island of the same name in Okinawa Prefecture, is remarkable for its resilience: It occupies the smallest habitat of any wildcat on Earth.
Oct 15, 2023
The last of Japan's wildcats
Only about 100 animals of each species survive today, putting both on the brink of extinction along with more than 3,700 other species nationwide.
Aoi Suzuki and her two sons head back down to a barbecue after watching the sun set.
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 28, 2023
Traveling Okinawa with a broken heart
Writer and photographer Lance Henderstein reads us his article on traveling Okinawa during the rainy season.
Aoi Suzuki’s son runs past a home in Taketomi on Iriomote Island (not to be confused with Taketomi Island, which lies to the east of Iriomote). The Suzukis run the Takemori Inn, one of the few hotels on Iriomote.
LIFE / Travel / Longform
Aug 14, 2023
My annual pilgrimage to Okinawa
Navigating between different ferries can open up whole new worlds in Japan's southernmost islands.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2023
Okinawa to cap visitors to Iriomote to prevent over-tourism
The measures for the remote island will not be compulsory for the time being, with relevant parties only being urged to cooperate with the cap.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2019
Japan to recommend southwestern islands in Kagoshima and Okinawa for UNESCO listing again
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a decision to again recommend a chain of southwestern islands as a candidate for UNESCO's 2020 World Heritage list, after withdrawing the initial bid on the U.N. body's advice to conduct a further review. The recommendation will be done by Feb. 1.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2018
Japan again pushes for World Heritage listing for southwestern islands
The island chain boasts extensive subtropical forests that are home to rare species such as the Amami rabbit and the Iriomote cat.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 16, 2018
A journey by kayak through Iriomote's mangrove forests
Thanks to the maze of narrow waterways that crisscross Iriomote Island, kayaking is a popular choice for anyone wishing to venture deeper into the island's jungle.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 1, 2017
Iriomote: Remote island is home to a unique state of mind
Approaching the house of 80-year-old Akiko Ishigaki, a three-legged dog rises to signal our arrival.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jul 18, 2016
Researchers in reed canoes fall short in bid to replicate Stone Age voyage
A team of researchers who set off in reed canoes in a bid to replicate the journey Stone Age travelers may have taken to reach the Japanese archipelago needed help to finish the voyage after encountering rough seas.
Jul 18, 2014
Iriomote wildcat activist continues dad's work
It was by no means love at first sight for Kumi Togawa, 62, a wildlife activist who is trying to save the Iriomote wildcat.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves